Monday, November 19, 2007

Steyn the golden boy

By Ilhaam Hoosain
19 November 2007

On Sunday Dale Steyn bowled the Protea’s to victory over New Zealand by an innings and 59 runs and two days to spare at SuperSport Park.

Fast bowler Steyn took 6/49 to give him a match return of 10/91 which is an improvement on his previous figure of 10/93 against the Kiwi’s last week at the Wanderers.

He took both the Castle man of the match as well as man of the series despite Jacque Kallis and Hashim Amla’s two consecutive centuries and they both shared two partnerships of 330 and 220 respectively.

“In a couple of months Steyn is becoming one of the leading strike bowlers in the world. He has taken 71 wickets in only 15 matches which gives him an all time (number of balls per wicket) and the only modern strike bowler who has similar figures in New Zealand’s Shane Bond,” says South Africa’s team spokeperson Michael Owen-Smith

The Proteas have now won six out of eight Test Matches they have played this year against Pakistan, India and New Zealand.

South Africa who is currently ranked fifth, is on the way to be ranked in the top three on the LG ICC world rankings.

SA’s next Castle Test engagement is at Christmas when they start their home series against the West Indies at Sahara Oval St. George’s then the New Year Test at Sahara Park Newlands and then the third match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in the second week of January.

After the test series they will be away to have a test series against Bangladesh, India and England.



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